Russell Crowe in State of Play Trailer

Watch out, Russell Crowe, a crazy gunman is coming after you! Look, it’s a car, jump on it! Now that’s what I call a risky getaway! Ahem. On the heels of those first images from Kevin Macdonald’s “State of Play” comes the first trailer for the movie. You know, I never thought a movie could make Ben Affleck look like a Mister Smith type caught in a situation beyond his comprehension, but he sure looks it here. P.S. You’ll notice that the synopsis below neglects to mention what party Affleck’s politically sensitive character belongs to. Clever, boys, real clever.

The full synopsis for “State of Play”:

Oscar winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in an case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation’s most promising political and corporate figures in State of Play, from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald.

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party’s contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer’s identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation’s power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is ever safe.

Starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Helen Mirren, and directed by Kevin Macdonald.

Get ready to play April 17, 2009.